Monday, February 04, 2008

Cotton Candy or Roving?

Spin spin spin

My mind has taken a little shift to the spinning lately. I met with a new group Monday night. Yes yet another group... The Orange County Night Spinners meet the first Monday of each month in the homes of it's members. It's a spinning group but all fiber arts are welcome. What a warm friendly group who welcomed me with open arms and helped me get off to a great start. A few of the members I met previously or at least saw at the Los Angeles Spinning Guild a couple weeks ago and they were not guarded or closed to a stranger in the group. I brought my colored roving that arrived that afternoon.

Maybe this is the future ...
It looks lke scoops of sherbet.

Or flavored cotton candy. Two pounds of fun in those bags.

OK back to the evening, after an hour of conversation one of the lovely ladies brought out some show and tell. A scarf and hat she knit in the hospital while recovering from a broken hip and then she offered up some roving that was raffled off. This was my first meeting and look what I brought home...
It's about a half pound of silk.

Here is the fruits of my labor for the evening.

A half a bobbin of yellow corriedale approx 1 oz worth. Much better, thinner and more consistent fiber than a few days ago. I can't wait to fill the a couple bobbins worth and have enough to ply.

Oh I also received the pound of Blue Faced Leicester that will become Twisted Knitsters hand spun hand, dyed yarn.

I looks like we are swimming in roving already but their is some camel, merino and cashmere due here any day.

On a knitting note, I'm going to cast on for my first guy sweater. Made from Malabrigo Emerald colorway.

I saw this on a few blogs and wanted to see what yarn I was and how funny, It says I'm not just cashmere but it's purple cashmere.

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  1. Hard to find the "comments" link; it was perched on top of that purple cashmere.

    I have something very important to tell you, and you've probably heard it before, but it bears repeating:

    *Keep* that first skein of lumpy, bumpy wool. You will quickly surpass it in terms of technique and fiber quality. [Once I learned to spin fine yarn, I became incapable of spinning the funky stuff.] I wish I had kept my first skein. I think it got left behind when we moved to the Hill Country.

    The only exception I would make to this is if you know a weaver, and s/he weaves your lumpy yarn into a scarf for *you*. Or if you become a weaver yourself in a year or two.

    You think I'm kidding. Spinning is a gateway craft, and you'll never hear that at a guild meeting!

  2. Anonymous6:11 AM

    Cotton Candy -- YUM!!!! your spinning is looking wonderful. Do you find it easier to spin on a wheel or with a spindle?

  3. Look how even your spinning is!

    You are purple cashmere and I am dish cloth cotton. I don't know if I like dish cloth cotton. It says I am a Plain Jane, which I already knew but it was weird to have it say so.

  4. Jerry,

    The emerald is wonderful. It will made a great sweater. Your spinning is awesome. Maybe someday I'll take up spinning.

    Mary Lynn

  5. Ariadne9:00 PM

    Hi Jerry. I spin on a drop spindle but am about to purchase my first spinning wheel. I live in Laguna Niguel. Where and how do I get together with the spinners here?

    I've heard about a group of spinners meeting at a local yarn shop but have received no further info.

    Help. I am hopelessly addicted and need to spend time with other addicts.

    (who has always been accused of spinning her wheels)


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